TONIGHT’S RESULTS WITH MY THOUGHTS
Notre Dame 28, St. Francis 24 — An impressive showing for St. Francis despite the loss. They were eight yards away. EIGHT YARDS!!! But a fumble inside the Notre Dame 10 was recovered by the visiting Knights who escaped with the win. It was a packed house and the game was not as advertised — Almost everyone pegged Notre Dame winning, and winning big. Not so. St. Francis led 14-0 at the half, led by Dietrich Riley who intercepted a pass in the first quarter and returned it 60 yards for a score. He intercepted Notre Dame QB Ryan Kasdorf’s fourth pass of the game. St. Francis was rockin and rollin until the second half came, particularly the fourth quarter. Notre Dame’s first lead of the game came on a 2-yard run by the unstoppable Kenneth Boggs. He rushed for a 2-yard score to give Notre Dame a 24-21 lead. Notre Dame put the final nail in the coffin when Kasdorf took off for a 10-yard score with 3:49 left in the fourth quarter. On that scoring drive, Kasdorf and Boggs escaped from tackles in the backfield. If St. Francis makes those tackles we’d be celebrating a St. Francis win and I’d be enjoying lunch next week courtesy of another reporter. But alas, Notre Dame took advantage of a Justin Posthuma fumble inside the Notre Dame 10 to earn the win. Posthuma completed 18 of 25 passes for 218 yards and he rushed for 102 yards and one touchdown. That one fumble really bothered him after the game. His head hung while St. Francis coach Jim Bonds consoled him immediately after the game. Regardless, this was an awesome game to watch, and the standing-room only crowd proved it.
Monrovia 14, San Marino 12 — The Wildcats offense was not firing on all cylinders. The running game controlled the ball but they just couldn’t score. Monrovia’s defense came up huge, led by senior linebacker Josh Lowden. San Marino defensive game plan worked effectively and Monrovia couldn’t find a way to adjust. Monrovia seemed a little rusty and they didn’t make any in-game adjustments, allowing San Marino to stay within striking distance. The San Marino offense was patient and executed, but in the end Monrovia’s was just enough to earn the win. Lowden was the star of the game. He had a couple huge tackles for a loss and a sack. Ellis McCarthy also had a sack and pressured San Marino QB Joe Forgatch to force an incomplete pass on a two-point conversion in the final two minutes.
Muir 27, Arcadia 7 — The Muir defense came up big. They had five interceptions, including two that were returned for interceptions. Muir’s offense, however, stunk the place up. They couldn’t run or throw the ball. Jarron Williams completed 5 of 10 passes for 30 yards. Ouch. Arcadia had 155 on offense to Muir’s 106 and were still down at the half, 20-0.
Maranatha 27, Brentwood 7 — The Minutemen were led by running back Erik Johnson who rushed for 124 yards on 24 carries. He was like Steve Nash, setting up the Maranatha offense. Quarterback Cody Keith completed 7 of 12 passes for 90 yards and one touchdown over the air and one on the ground. This was a big win for the Minutemen who are 3-0 in Alpha League play.
Schurr 28, Alhambra 21 — There was no stopping Schurr wide receiver Carlos Arrendondo who had 11 catches for 135 yards and three touchdowns. Make that 5 out of 6 wins for the Spartans.
South Pasadena 27, Blair 20 — The Tigers (2-4, 1-0) built up a comfortable 20-0 lead going into halftime. But they were hit with an injury to quarterback Conor Bednarski before the end of the second quarter. Second-string QB Andrew Molina came in for his first rookie start. But the Tigers lost momentum and couldn’t contain Blair’s homecoming spirit. The Vikings scored back-to-back touchdowns in the third quarter to make it 20-12. The Tigers’ Matthew Nelson scored the longest touchdown of the night with a 57-yard reception from Molina with 10 seconds to go in the third. “It’s a cliche, but that was an ugly win,” South Pasadena coach Edward Smith said. “We came out with a ‘W’ and have a two-game winning streak.” South Pasadena’s head trainer, Tamar Berberian, said Bednarski has a right-knee sprain after getting hit by a helmet
Gladstone 40, Duarte 14 — It’ll be easier for Duarte next week as a much-needed bye approaches.
Gabrielino 21, El Monte 14 — The Eagles earned their first second win of the season. Gabrielino (2-4, 1-0) jumped out to a 7-0 lead when Oscar Rivas took a handoff 55 yards for the score on the third play of scrimmage. After an El Monte (0-6, 0-1) punt, the Eagles drove 85 yards on 15 plays, capped by a Joshua Acosta 10-yard touchdown run, to push the lead to 14 midway through the first quarter.
San Gabriel 21, Keppel 7 — Capitalizing on miscues by its opponent and Fabian Amaro’s two touchdowns propelled the visiting Matador in the Almont League opener. With the game knotted at 7-7 early in the third quarter, the Matadors (3-3, 1-0) had quarterback Isaac Valdez hit receiver Mark Covarrubias on the last three plays of the first series of the second half. Valdez connected on passes of 30, 27 and finally, a 13-yard strike to Covarrubias. That gave San Gabriel a 13-7 lead. It concluded a nine-play, 70- yard drive. On the night, Valdez was 13-for-19 for 139 yards with an interception.
Arroyo 14, Rosemead 12 — Arroyo held off a late fourth-quarter rally to defeat the Panthers. Rosemead had a chance to tie the game with 3:28 left, but Mike Amaya broke up a two-point conversion pass attempt and the Knights (4-2) hung on for the win. The Knights offense struggled early but took advantage of a turnover to score late in the first quarter. Amaya grabbed an errant lateral at the Panthers 13-yard line with 4:51 left in the first quarter. After a penalty, Steven Rivera hit Mikey Vasquez on a swing pass for an 18-yard touchdown.
Rio Hondo Prep 48, Flintridge Prep 0 — Quarterback Chris Llamas passed for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Kares dropped the Rebels to 1-4 on the season. Rio Hondo Prep was just too good, scoring in its first five possessions to build a big lead.
Mary Star 28, Bosco Tech 13 — Mary Star of the Sea High School found the holes in the Don Bosco Tech defense Friday night. The Stars scored on three long plays, two in the second half, to knock off the Tigers 28-13 in the Camino Real League opener for both teams at Daniels Field in San Pedro. “Those three big runs just killed us,” Bosco Tech head coach Chris Shockley said.
Calvary Chapel 55, Marshall 15 — The Eagles got banged up and the Grizzlies took advantage in an Alpha League game on Friday night. Quarterback Salvador Murillo went down in the third quarter, and the Eagles also lost two key linebackers. “Injuries cost us the game,” Marshall head coach Ricky Pickens said. “We lost a lot of key guys.” Murillo completed a 70- yard touchdown pass to Jessie Wright. But when Murillo went down, Pickens went to Aaron Shanklin, who hadn’t played the position at all this season.